- Featured: Colorado Guitar Duo
- Release Date: 2/26/2002
This collection of classical guitar duets was recorded in 1999 when Jim Bosse and Ellwood Colahan were both instructors at the University of Southern Colorado. They selected some of the prettiest music from the guitar repertoire to communicate a sense of euphoria through music. Their clear and artistic playing on this CD presents music from all the historical periods. Early music is represented with beautiful miniatures from Renaissance England and two part inventions by J.S. Bach. The classical period is emphasized with a lovely Sonatina by Mozart and a stately Nocturne by guitar virtuoso Fernando Carulli. One of the lovliest pieces to come from the Spanish romantic era, Granada by Isaac Albeniz, although originally written for piano, is quite convincing on the guitar. Rounding out the program are two easy listening 20th century pieces. The Colorado Guitar Duo performs frequently in the Rocky Mountain region. One presentor said this about them: 'The classical guitar concert by Jim Bosse and Woody Colahan last Sunday was exquisite. These two artists are masters of the instrument.' (Monica Hinson, Director, Fremont Center for the Arts) The Colorado Guitar Duo was formed in 1997 by Jim Bosse and Ellwood Colahan. Both member's were born in New York but have called Colorado home since the 1970's. Jim began his music career with various rock bands in New York, Philadelphia, and Colorado. A few of the musicians he performed with achieved success in popular music - most notably Billy Joel, who Jim performed with from 1962-1967. His interest gradually shifted to classical music. Jim has studied privately with most of Colorado's finest guitarists, including Charles Wolzein, David Honig, Ricardo Iznaola, Masa Ito, and Alex Komodore. He has participated in over 30 master classes with many of the world's greatest guitarists. In 1986, he founded the Southern Colorado Classical Guitar Society and served as it's first president. Jim taught guitar at Adams State College in Alamosa from 1995 to 1997 and at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo from 1997-2000. Ellwood received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance in 1993 from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, where he studied with the renowned Cuban - Venezuelan virtuoso, Ricardo Iznaola. He then served three years in the Peace Corps in East Africa. In addition to the Colorado Guitar Duo, Ellwood performs as a solo artist and with a guitar and flute ensemble. He was a member of the music faculty at four local colleges: Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Adams State College in Alamosa, the University of Southern Colorado and Pueblo Community College in Pueblo. Ellwood is now back at the University of Denver in the Masters Program.
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